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FG reopens first dose of COVID-vaccine, extends second dose

Bukola Afeni
The Executive Director of National Public HealthCare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib said the Federal Government has reopened the administration of the first dose of the vaccine, and also extended the administration of the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine till the 5th of July 2021.
He disclosed this while briefing Journalists in Abuja.
The Executive Director added that as the Federal Government decided to administer the first dose again, it is a great opportunity for health workers and other eligible citizens to make use of the opportunity to vaccinate themselves.
“We want every family members and the community to protect themselves by going to get the jab, as well as encourage other eligible citizens who are above 18 yrs to go and obtain the vaccine.
We have continuously received  request from Nigerians  who have taken their first dose vaccination outside Nigeria but want the second doses back home, should go to the nearest health facilities near to where they  administer the vaccine.”
He also advised health workers not to turn down any request for the second dose of the vaccine.
“Full vaccination does not exempt people who have received the second doses of vaccine from observing the preventive and control measures. It is very important to continue to wear face masks and observe other non-pharmaceutical measures to prevent the spread of the virus, even when you have received the second doses of the vaccine”.
Dr Faisal further added that there has been a great challenge regarding global vaccine supply, not only in the manufacturer production side but also in the distribution process.
 ” Some countries received few and in some cases none at all, and this is an urgent problem that needs to be resolved as we have communicated this to our international partners very clearly on behalf of Nigerians.
Recently we received support from the United States of America”.
 WHO Country Representative in Nigeria, Dr Walter Mulombo Kazadi, said the health body would continue to deploy technical assistance to states.
 “COVID-19 is a danger to anyone who is not protected or vaccinated irrespective of the variant, and we use the variant to allow COVID-19 to continue to circulate.
We will continue to meet and review any advanced effect report following vaccination. It is important to encourage everyone to report any COVID-19 cases to appropriate authorities”.
The UNICEF Country Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins urged those who have taken the first dose of the vaccine to go and obtain the second dosage of the vaccine.
He commended the media for placing COVID-19 news at the forefront.
” We congratulate the government of Nigeria for reopening the vaccination of the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.”

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